Top Ten Lists of Eighties Movies

The concept is pretty easily, pick your ten favorite movies from the eighties. The hard part? I want JUST movies from the eighties, not movies you might have seen during the eighties. Also, try and avoid movies that came out after the eighties if possible, 1990 is pretty borderline, I won't scream too loudly if you add one that is from then...

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  • 10. Seems Like Old Times 1980
  • 9. First Blood 1987
  • 8. Predator 1987
  • 7. Police Academy 1984
  • 6. Die Hard 1984
  • 5. Back to The Future 1985
  • 4. The Breakfast Club 1985
  • 3. Gremlins 1984
  • 2. E.T. The Extra Terrestrial 1982
  • 1. The Karate Kid 1984
  • 10. Batman (1988)
    This was a great movie. Saw it in theaters on my eighth birthday.
  • 9. Maximum Overdrive
    This is the funnest movie. It's rediculous, but awesome.
  • 8. Pet Sematary
    I don't wanna get buried, in a Pet Sematary... Don't wanna live my life again.....
  • 7. 48 Hours
    Great movie.
  • 6. 18 again
    Because it's good. And everyone forgets it...
  • 5. Stand By Me
    Why wasn't this mentioned more?
  • 4. The Thing
    Even More John Carpenter and Curt Russell
  • 3. Escape From New York
    More John Carpenter and Kurt Russell
  • 2. The Running Man
    SciFi written by Stephen King
  • 1. Big Trouble In Little China
    This is the Best Movie Ever.
These are not my top ten. Well, # 1 thru 4 are, but for the rest I tried to pick movies that nobody else mentioned.
  • 10. Nightmare On Elm Street.
    still the best!
  • 9. Rad
  • 8. It
    spooky stuff.
  • 7. E.T.
    sci fi at its best.
  • 6. Strangers In Paradise.
    very moving.
  • 5. Karate Kid
    fun film.
  • 4. The Dead Zone
    creepy stuff.
  • 3. Batman
    a classic!
  • 2. The Sure Thing
  • 1. Something Wild
    the best! a masterpiece!
These films are my pets.
All the classics!!
  • 10. Pet Sematary
    The Ramones song from the ending credits is clutch.
  • 9. Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2
    Borderline comedy
  • 8. A Nightmare on Elm Street
    Freddy was the best
  • 7. Christine
    One of the best soundtracks to date. Thank you John Carpenter.
  • 6. Fright Night
    You're so cool Bruster
  • 5. House
    An 80's must see.
  • 4. The Lost Boys
    One thing I never could stomach about Santa Carla, all the damn vampires.
  • 3. Evil Dead 2
    "Someone's in my fruit cellar..."
  • 2. Creepshow
    Stephen King and George Romero at their best.
  • 1. The Shining
    Hollywood doesn't have the guts to make a movie like this anymore.
Top 10 80's Horror, honorable mention: Motel Hell, Monster Squad, My Best Friend is a Vampire, Pumpkinhead, Cujo
  • 10. My Neighbor Totoro (1988, Hayao Miyazaki)
  • 9. Christine (1987, Alan Clarke)
  • 8. The Green Ray (1986, Eric Rohmer)
  • 7. Dust in the Wind (1986, Hou Hsiao-hsien)
  • 6. Love Streams (1984, John Cassavetes)
  • 5. Sans soleil (1983, Chris Marker)
  • 4. Risky Business (1983, Paul Brickman)
  • 3. L'argent (1983, Robert Bresson)
  • 2. À nos amours (1983, Maurice Pialat)
  • 1. Grownsups (1980, Mike Leigh)
    (list is chronological)
  • 10. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
  • 9. Big
    Tom Hanks was just adorable in the whole film. I loved it.
  • 8. Honey I shrunk the Kids
    I loved this movie as i was a kid. Great movie.
  • 7. Adventures In Babysitting
    heard they were doing a remake with miley curs- its going to be horrible
  • 6. Empire Strikes Back
    Great Sequel
  • 5. Return Of The Jedi
    my favorite star wars film yet.
  • 4. Ferris Buellers Day Off
    You have to take a day off and watch this movie. Its the best!!
  • 3. Breakfast Club
  • 2. The Goonies
    This is one of the greatest 80's films i have ever seen, with Cyndi Laupers Good Enuf theme song.
  • 1. Back To The Future
    I LOVE THIS MOVIE!!! I've always wanted a silver DeLorean.
  • 10. The Goonies
    "Brand, what happened to your braces?"
  • 9. Stand By Me
    "I never had friends later on like the ones I had when I was 12. Does anyone?"
  • 8. Sixteen Candles
    I love it when Jenny takes too many muscle relaxers the day of her wedding!
  • 7. Adventures In Babysitting
    Gotta love Babysitting Blues!
  • 6. Don't Tell Mom, the Babysitter's Dead
    "The dishes are done, man!"
  • 5. The Allnighter
    "Is somebody gonna get that?" "I'm Somebody!"
  • 4. Mannequin
    "Cram it clown!"
  • 3. Can't Buy Me Love
    "It's the African Anteater Ritual!"
  • 2. Footloose
    "He don't know iz right foot from iz left foot."
  • 1. Girls Just Want To Have Fun
    "I wasn't sure if you'd recognize me without the blueberry pie in my hair"
These aren't necessarily in perfect order and are by no means all of my favorites, just a few off the top of my head that I watched over and over and over again and still watch when I get a chance.
  • 10. Predator
    You're one... *ugly* motherf#$%er!
  • 9. Ghostbusters
    Don't cross the streams.
  • 8. Scareface
    Say hello to my little friend!
  • 7. Caddyshack
    In the immortal words of Jean Paul Sartre, 'Au revoir, gopher'.
  • 6. Clue
    Men should be like Kleenex... Soft, Strong, and Disposable.
  • 5. Indiana Jones - Raiders of the Lost Ark
    I hate snakes, Jock. I hate 'em.
  • 4. The Goonies
    Booty twap!!
  • 3. The Breakfast Club
    Well I'm free the Saturday after that. Beyond that, I'm going to have to check my calendar.
  • 2. Ferris Beuller's Day Off
    Mr. Rooney!
  • 1. Empire Strikes Back
    I am your father Luke!
There's probably about 10 more that I can put in my list, to many to name and I am sure I am forgetting others! These were all great!
  • 10. Reckless
    Aidan Quinn and Daryl Hannah had great performances in this largely forgotten movie.
  • 9. Better Off Dead
    This movie is one of the funniest 80s movies, full of lots of memorable lines: "I want my two dollars!"
  • 8. Sixteen Candles
    Anthony Michael Hall steals the show as one of John Hughes' many unforgettable characters.
  • 7. Weird Science
    John Hughes was the master story teller. This movie never ceases to be hilarious!
  • 6. Say Anything
    John Cusack was so believable playing Lloyd Dobler, an everyman that goes out and gets that unobtainable girl. Even still, the boombox scene lives on!
  • 5. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
    We all wanted to have our own "day off" after seeing this movie!
  • 4. Footloose
    Along with Fast Times at Ridgemont High, this movie was a time capsule for 80s culture. Best soundtrack of the 80s!
  • 3. Back To The Future
    The whole trilogy was great with such attention to detail! The first one is still the best though.
  • 2. The Breakfast Club
    What a cast! This movie is a classic for any era. Probably the most quotable movie ever. The casting was outstanding as Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Anthony Michael Hall, Molly Ringwald, and Ally Sheedy meshed together so well that you almost forget they're acting!
  • 1. Fast Times at Ridgemont High
    The fashions, music, and characters were the best depiction of 80s culture. Add to that early performances from Sean Penn, Nicholas Cage, Phoebe Cates, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Anthony Edwards, and Eric Stoltz. An absolute classic!
After looking at my list, they're all focused on teenage culture. I was a teenager back then, so I guess they all did a good job with hitting their target audience! LOL!
  • 10. Clock & Dagger 1984
    Henry Thomas and Dabney Coleman team up to stop some bad guys.
  • 9. Starman 1984
    Jeff Bridges as a visitor from the stars
  • 8. They Live 1988
    Roddy Pipper puts the smack down on some aliens
  • 7. Explorers 1985
    Ethan Hawke and River Phoenix head to outerspace
  • 6. House II 1987
    Movie makes me laugh everytime, plus a young Bill Maher is a treat
  • 5. Iron Eagle 1986
    Forget the sequels ever happened
  • 4. Three O'clock High 1987
    Nerd vs Bully is always a winning combo
  • 3. The Park is Mine 1986
    Tommy Lee Jones takes over central park to make everyone remember the Vietnam War.
  • 2. Solarbabies 1986
    Jami Gertz, Lukas Haas and Jason Patric and a magic ball, what else do you need?
  • 1. Hiding Out 1987
    Classic Jon Cryer in a starring role
So these are my favorites that alot of people forget about because of big name popular movies drown them out.

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